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At 12:41 18/08/2013 +0200, Andrew Brown wrote:
Thanks Tim, exactly what I was trying to express as briefly as possible.

Even though most of what he said was wrong?

Brian, the spoken word is more important and critical than the written word, ...

So you are not talking about punctuation like the rest of us, then - which occurs only in written text (unless you are Victor Borge, that is)? (And I fear devotees of the Torah, the Bible, the Qur'an, and a hundred other similar texts would dispute your suggestion anyway!)

[Snipped: rest of paragraph talking about pauses in speaking, nothing about punctuation.]

And yes I can breath[e] and read at the same time, that's not the real point.

For those of us who read without moving our lips, it is.

And the true purpose of punctuation, is for reading both vocally and in the mind, in that order, the one cannot be divorced from the other.

The purpose of punctuation is for reading? Well, yes: if you don't read the message you don't need the punctuation! (Otherwise, this says nothing.)

And as to plain text it still has a font, ...

Sorry, but that's plain nonsense. In order to display plain text, you need to use a font. But you can choose any font, and that font is your choice (or your software's), not part of the plain text. What do you think "plain" means here?

Today even in a plain text document one can choose any font ...

Exactly: which proves the point that the plain text itself does *not* have a font.

... and correctly covered by Tim, ...

As I say (and explained separately), he was mainly incorrect, in fact.

As to the font right now I am typing in, is in Mozilla Thunderbird, and the font is Colibri, a sans serif one, ...

That's what you are seeing, but this mailing list (for example) distributes only a plain text version of your message, which has lost this property.

See also Felmon Davis's excellent examples.

Brian Barker

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